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Sacred Landscape of Avebury and Stonehenge

An event I hold every year is the Sacred Landscape tour; exploring the ancient history and astronomy of Avebury and Stonehenge.

          

Sacred Landscape tour 2017 - Sunday 16th of July

tour fee: 24.50 per adult - children for free !

please click here to book;


  


Avebury from the air

   

        

          

An area of Britain, currently known as the county of Wiltshire, is home to some of the most famous monuments  of the ancient world. The majestic Stonehenge and much loved Avebury stone circle share a landscape shaped and contoured in the distant past of the Stone Age. This landscape is steeped in sacred sites and monuments, some of which are long forgotten and unknown to the modern passing eye. In addition to the famous and iconic Henges, there are hundreds of Iron Age Round Barrows, Long Barrows, Hill Forts, a Cursus, the enigmatic Silbury Hill and controversial White Horses carved into the hillsides; mysteriously best viewed from the air.

  

        

   

Tourists from all over the world visit the most famous of these sites; Stonehenge, Avebury and West Kennet Long Barrow; a multi-roomed burial chamber so large that it is open for the public to go inside. Often, people are shown these sites as if they are distinctly separate things; viewing them as unique and separate monuments to visit in isolation. Recent discoveries show that Stonehenge and Avebury were not built in isolation, but form a wider network, encompassing not just artifacts crafted in Stone; they also suggest a highly sophisticated culture, capable of great works of engineering, geometry, art, philosophy and religion. The people who carved and shaped this landscape had a powerful and enduring collective vision and the aim of this free annual tour is to introduce you to these themes, in addition to visiting these key sites of our distant and mysterious history ...

  

  

... with one notable exception; Stonehenge. The landscape surrounding Stonehenge is beautiful and tranquil, even on days when the modern British army are training, and we will explore the areas where the Henge builders lived. From an amazing and magical vantage point you will have a unique vision of history, and ... you will also see in the distance the noisy bedlam of the 21st century tourist industry in full swing at the Stonehenge site during the daytime; too far away for us to hear, and yet close enough to see. To walk these places in the good company of open minded and curious people transforms this illuminating 7 hour mobile lecture tour into a wonderful day out with new friends. By the time we are encircling Stonehenge many people find a sense of having left the modern world behind and a clearer picture of the enormity of what the ancestors achieved here begins to reveal itself. Going up to Stonehenge and not being able to experience the inner circle in peace and tranquility is not in keeping with the spirit of the tour    the magic of that experience is for another day ...

  

   We will also look at these ancient sites through the lens of Astronomy and Paganism; were these sites somehow linked to worship of some kind, or even linked to one another in a system of alignments known as Ley Lines ? Did the Neolithic people have a design for these monuments, not just for the landscape within the sites of their horizon, but further afield or even correlated with celestial rhythms in addition to the seasons of mother nature ? For an outline of the philosophy of Ley Lines, please click here: Ley Line theory


     

   

      

  

I would highly recommend this free tour to anyone considering the Stonehenge by Moonlight tour; it places Stonehenge in a broader context, is highly informative and will enrich your experience of being inside Stonehenge by the light of the Full Moon.

           

  

The Sacred Landscape of Avebury and Stonehenge free tour is drawn from the first part of the Stonehenge at Sunset and by Starlight tour. If you have booked a place on one of these amazing tours, it is not essential for you to experience this tour as well; all the ground covered here will be explored on your very memorable day.
  

  

I have mentioned that this tour is completely free and it is ! All you will need for the day is some food and water in your car we will only make one stop during the day, at  a Wiltshire pub for lunch. Petrol stations are very rare along the roads we will be taking, so please see the information link below for all of the maps, schedules and drivers instructions for the tour including the location of petrol stations. I would ask that you ensure you have a full tank as you arrive in Avebury in the morning, so that the day is able to flow smoothly.

  

      

Although places for the tour do not have to be officially booked, I would very much appreciate it if you could let me know if you are going to come along. This enables me to have an idea of numbers in advance and I may need to inform the pub we are going to, so that they can accommodate us all adequately at lunchtime.

  

To take an advanced look at the tour, I would recommend you click on the galleries link below and browse the Henge Tour galleries, including the Stonehenge at Sunset and by Starlight albums, because all of the sites on this tour are included on those, and the photography can be breathtaking. The places we visit on this day have a wild and haunting beauty in all weathers and you will have plenty of opportunity for some stunning photography.

            

The Tour begins at Avebury at 9:55am precisely full details can be found here:  Tour itinerary, details and important driver's notes.

          

A brief guide to Avebury ...

  

     

David Charles Rowan MA Msc has the pleasure of inviting you to join him on this free Astronomy and History tour. This is more than just a walk around a landscape. This is a walking lecture tour by one of the first people to be awarded a masters degree in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology.  Please click here to discover more about David Charles Rowan  

  

'I first began the tours in 1992, initially for students on my courses. I was asked to make it an annual event and people began to ask if they could bring friends, children and dogs, so I decided to make the tour completely free and open for anyone who wishes to come along. The numbers of people who attend vary each year, and usually falls between eight and twenty people, and it is not uncommon for people to attend more than once; perhaps to review a particular part of the tour, or to introduce a friend to this wonderful landscape or even just to have a nice day out, walking and talking with an interesting group of friendly and open minded people. That is one element of the tour which makes the day special for me; the people who come along are always polite and interesting and some have become great friends too. Please follow the advice reading watching the weather and bringing suitable clothing; even in torrential rain, the dramatic light of the weather  reveals something new of the landscape which remains mysterious, beautiful and enigmatically sacred.'

  

  

Tour Date: 2nd August 2014. Starts in Avebury @ 9.55am. Please read the Important: Tour itinerary, details and important driver's notes     

  

   

Photo Galleries: to view the stunning photography taken on the tours since 1993, please click the galleries link below. All of the sites we visit on the  free Sacred Landscape tour are also visited on the Stonehenge at Sunset and by Starlight tour; for a full photographic tour, please view those galleries as well - please click the galleries link below ...

Photo Galleries: for stunning photos of all Stonehenge and Sacred Landscape tours and the David Charles Rowan Stonehenge and Avebury collections, please click here         

  

    

  

Henge tours with David Charles Rowan: in other's words
    
A number of people have kindly written a few words about their experiences on the Henge tours: the full tours of Stonehenge at Sunset and by Starlight, the evening tour of Stonehenge by Moonlight and the Sacred Landscape Ley Line walk. Here's how they found things (names are confidential) ... to read the testimonials, please 
    
A number of people have kindly written a few words about their experiences on the Henge tours: the full tours of Stonehenge at Sunset and by Starlight, the evening tour of Stonehenge by Moonlight and the Sacred Landscape Ley Line walk. Here's how they found things (names are confidential) ... to read the testimonials, please click here  

Photo Galleries: for stunning photos of all Stonehenge and Sacred Landscape tours and the David Charles Rowan Stonehenge and Avebury collections, please click here         

  

    

  

Henge tours with David Charles Rowan: in other's words
    
A number of people have kindly written a few words about their experiences on the Henge tours: the full tours of Stonehenge at Sunset and by Starlight, the evening tour of Stonehenge by Moonlight and the Sacred Landscape Ley Line walk. Here's how they found things (names are confidential) ... to read the testimonials, please 
    
A number of people have kindly written a few words about their experiences on the Henge tours: the full tours of Stonehenge at Sunset and by Starlight, the evening tour of Stonehenge by Moonlight and the Sacred Landscape Ley Line walk. Here's how they found things (names are confidential) ... to read the testimonials, please click here  

  

    

Sacred Landscape tour 2017 - Sunday 16th of July

tour fee: 24.50 per adult - children for free !

please click here to book;